National Coaches Week

National Coaches Week


From Sept. 16-24, Hockey Canada celebrates National Coaches Week, a recognition of the positive impact coaches have on athletes and on their communities from coast to coast to coast. Join in the celebration as we say #ThanksCoach with video and written content featured at HockeyCanada.ca and across Hockey Canada’s social media channels – X, Instagram and Facebook.

After making the leap from improv acting to high-performance coaching, Whitney Juszkiewicz has not only found success but become a respected role model and leader.
Creating a culture
On the road to the 2026 Paralympics, head coach Russ Herrington is focused on ‘Building Team Canada’ on and off the ice.
Eight U SPORTS student-athletes have been selected to join the coach education program for the next two seasons.
Engaging goalies in practice
Go on the ice with goalie coach Brad Kirkwood as he balances skills and fun during a Team Canada practice.
Hockey Canada has a variety of resources for coaches across the country, like training opportunities and drill ideas.
Watch as Hockey Canada and BFL CANADA surprise the Female Coach of the Year winners with the big news!
Alicia MacDonald is creating opportunities for herself and others in hopes of bringing more diversity to the bench.
Haneet Parhar thought she was done with hockey after her university days, but coaching brought her back to the game.
Julie Venselaar hopes to foster a space for girls and women in Powell River to grow through the hockey community.
Troy Ryan reflects on getting involved in the women’s game and what makes the National Women’s Team so special.
The first all-women U18 coaching staff is bringing experience and showing the importance of diversity behind the bench.
Inspiring women to coach
Kori Cheverie and Caroline Ouellette dedicated their lives to hockey and hope to inspire more women to become coaches.
The road was not easy, but Jason Payne has made it as the only active Black head coach in North American pro hockey.
Words of wisdom
Olympic and Paralympic coaches Jon Cooper, Troy Ryan and Ken Babey share lessons from their coaching journeys.
Piper Hays and Hayley Palmer have benefitted from a push by the Vancouver Angels to get more women behind the bench.
The Hockey Canada Foundation is teaming up with U SPORTS to increase the number of women getting behind the bench.
No Canadian coach has spent more time at the World Juniors than André Tourigny, who is facing his toughest task.
Hockey Canada is helping women earn coach certification and developing role models for the next generation.
From U15 AAA to the WHL and now the World Juniors, Bowen Byram and Michael Dyck have shared a unique journey.
Just two years after retiring, Steve Arsenault has worked his way back to Team Canada, this time behind the bench.
Hockey Canada Skills Academies are poised to establish a network of young hockey coaches in New Brunswick.
The Women Master Coach Developer program is equipping women with the training to develop more coaches.
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